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Edward Snowden Clemency: What Do You Say, Obama?

Edward Snowden Clemency: What Do You Say, Obama?

By Tina Volpe January 2, 2014 | 6 Comments

Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower who exposed the U.S. governmental spy agencies and what they did that infringed on U.S. citizens, as well as some of its allies. He deserves clemency — or even a full pardon from President Barack …

Israeli Journalists Insult Dutch Via Translation

Online translation tools have their uses, but substituting for an actual translation service when sending diplomatic messages across international borders shouldn’t be one of them.

EU: Google, DoubleClick Privacy? No Worries

The European Competition Commission that has vexed Microsoft for years will look at Google’s potential DoubleClick acquisition solely on competitive grounds.

TechMeme: It’s Not the Size of the Audience…

This isn’t a discussion that will necessarily have a neat conclusion – that’s sort of the nature of debate. But A-list bloggers dogpiled on the value, or lack there of, of headlining on TechMeme, and branched out to a more robust discussion about the value of quality (lesser, niche) traffic over the pounding servers get when headlining elsewhere.

Google Doodle Honors Roald Dahl
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Author Roald Dahl, who died in 1990, was responsible for works including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda.  He also wrote some highly entertaining stuff for adults.  And although it’s not the greatest honor ever given, the author is now being celebrated with a Google doodle.

Google Ready To Seduce Corporate World

The company’s Google Apps collection of productivity software will be the thin end of the wedge Google hopes to drive between corporations and their long-time love of Microsoft Office.

Facebook Users Fight (And Beat) Bank’s Decision

Here’s a brilliant financial guideline by which most people live: don’t spend more money than you have.  But when a UK bank tried to enforce that guideline by charging interest on overdrafts, a big, Facebook-style fuss erupted.  An interesting resolution then occurred: the Facebook users won.

YouTube Makes Music Royalty Deal

The MCPS-PRS Alliance is a UK organization with over 50,000 members; the organization exists to deliver royalties to its members, who are mainly music writers, composers and publishers.  And according to a new deal, some of those royalties will come from YouTube.

Facebook Campaign Saves Departed Candy Bar
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I’ve often had to raise an eyebrow at Facebook’s “cause” groups – African warlords aren’t going to chill out just because a bunch of college kids tell them to.  Odds are excellent that no warlords will even read the students’ pleas.  But Cadbury apparently heard – and listened – to demands for the Wispa candy bar’s return.

NowPublic’s News Network Secures $10.6 Million

Backfence.com folded about a month ago, and many onlookers interpreted that as a death knell for hyperlocal news sites.  The “participatory news network” of NowPublic is doing just fine, however – the company has received $10.6 million in funding.

“Hyperlocal” News Sites Take A Hit
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A lot of big companies – from Google to CNN – are interested in “going local,” and, to be honest, it seems that those companies have the money to do whatever they want.  But “going local” isn’t easy; Backfence.com, which focused on a number of smaller communities, is going out of business.

Blinkx Skyrockets Following AIM Launch

Blinkx is a top-of-the-line video search engine, but the people who run it might want to consider a new line of work.  After all, following Blinkx’s launch on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), the company raked in exactly what they predicted: 25 million pounds.  Yes, those guys (and gals) would do quite well on the stock market.

Google Patents Profiling of Online Gamers
In March Google acquired the in-game advertising technology firm Adscape Media. Though some have their doubts, advertising within video games is seen as an effective way to reach the coveted demographic of men 18-34. According to Google:

Blinkx Expects To See $50 Million

It seems like only yesterday that we first heard Blinkx would go public.  It was actually around 20 days ago, but still, the video search engine has now, in the figurative blink of an eye, announced that it expects the financial maneuver to bring in 25 million pounds.

Banned Military Blog Wins Prize

Two weeks ago, the world found out that the U.S. Army had placed extensive new restrictions on soldiers’ blogs.  Now the book of Colby Buzzell, a former machine gunner, has won an international contest – and Buzzell’s book is based on his blog.  Oh, the irony.

Google Develops Plans To Profile Gamers

Imagine that you’re playing a computer game, and because you slowly sneak up behind an enemy, you’re shown an advertisement for a bank.  Run at the same enemy while wielding a rocket launcher, and you’ll see an ad for a death metal CD.  This is Google’s dream.

Google CEO Discusses Acquisition Plans

When I’ve heard Eric Schmidt speak – in person, and on more than one occasion – the man seemed entirely straightforward.  And yet, although he’s recently gotten out the message that Google is still interested in making acquisitions, Schmidt’s meaning (beyond that) has been interpreted in a variety of ways.